10 Movies That Will Change Your Views on Mental Illnesses

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Oscars is the most important award recognising the cinema achievements of the United States film industry. Every year, talented filmmakers and artists are recognized for their efforts. Of the many movies that get nominated, there are a few that take up issues which are rarely addressed such as mental illnesses. So without taking any more of your time, here are ten movies nominated for the Oscars which talked about Mental Illnesses:

1. Silver Linings Playbook:

The movie is adapted from the novel Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The protagonist Pat (Bradley Cooper) battling bipolar disorder returns home after a long stay at a mental hospital. He falls in love with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has lived with mental health issues of her own following her husband’s death.

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2. A Beautiful Mind:

The movie is based on Sylvia Nasar’s 1998 biography of the same name. The protagonist John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe) is a brilliant mathematician who lives with Schizophrenia. It captures the harrowing delusions Nash endured and their effect on his career as he developed his mathematical theories.
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3. Birdman:

The movie is a comedy about celebrity but also a close portrayal of a disintegrating mind. Riggan’s suffers from major depression with psychotic tendencies.
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4. We Need To Talk About Kevin:

The movie is adapted from Lionel Shriver’s novel where a mother comes to terms with her son and the crime he has committed. It depicts the tragic consequences of anti-social personality disorder.
 
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5. The Hours:

The movie is adapted from Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours. It portrays how mental illnesses, including depression and bipolar disorder, can lead to suicide. 
 
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6. Jacob’s Ladder:

Tim Robbins, a Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover the truth about what had happened to him since he’s got frequent hallucinations. The movie brings out the darker elements of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 
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7. As Good As It Gets:

Jack Nicholson strikes a romantic relationship with a single mother, Helen Hunt; a befriends a gay artist, Greg Kinnear. The movie shows how to deal with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nicholson depicts the potential symptoms of the condition including fear of contamination which can alienate people around him.
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8. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape:

The story revolves around Gilbert (Johnny Depp), his younger brother, Arnie  (Leonardo DiCaprio) and obese mother, Bonnie (Darlene Cates). The movie is adapted from Peter Hedges’ novel where Arnie suffers from a developmental disability, including autism. It also features depression in the form of Bonnie who has given up on life post her husband’s suicide.
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9. Misery:

The movie is adapted from Stephen King’s novel portraying Misery’s obsessive fan, Annie suffering from bipolar disorder and severe borderline personality disorder. 
 
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10. Fight Club:

An insomniac office worker (Edward Norton) forms an underground fight club with a soap maker (Brad Pitt) for people who want to fight recreationally as it is kept hidden. The unnamed narrator suffers from a dissociative disorder, with two personalities in one body.
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